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Kenneth Boulding as a Moral Scientist

John Davis ()

No 2011-01, Working Papers and Research from Marquette University, Center for Global and Economic Studies and Department of Economics

Abstract: Kenneth Boulding’s AEA presidential address argued that economics is a moral science. His view derived from his general systems theory thinking, his three systems view of human society, and his early contributions to evolutionary economics. Boulding’s argument that economics could not be value-free should be distinguished from other well-known views of economics as a moral science, such as Gunnar Myrdal’s. This paper discusses the development and nature of Boulding’s thinking about economics as a moral science in the larger context of his thinking.

Keywords: Boulding; moral science; general systems theory; three systems view; evolutionary economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 B31 B52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-evo, nep-hme, nep-hpe and nep-pke
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